Lee knows the score

ALAN Lee knows the score. He is expected to return to action tonight - and Ipswich Town's leading marksman says that he will come back with all guns blazing.

By Elvin King

ALAN Lee knows the score. He is expected to return to action tonight - and Ipswich Town's leading marksman says that he will come back with all guns blazing.

The Blues play promotion-chasing Wolverhampton at Portman Road (kick-off 7.45pm) desperate to break their current Championship barren run.

It is now four matches since they last scored a goal - and that was a Lee penalty in the 1-0 FA Cup victory over Swansea on January 27.

“Goals are currently in short supply,” said Lee, 28. “But if we carry on playing like we did at Watford on Saturday we will soon start hitting the net regularly again.”

Lee, who travelled to Vicarage Road to watch the game, blames himself for missing out having been booked for speaking out of turn at Crystal Palace three games ago and collecting a two-match ban.

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“I was not aware at the time what I had done,” added Lee, who is determined to make amends with a scoring return.

And he has an extra incentive to impress, as he looks to extend his current total of 12 goals and get closer to his seasonal best of 15 achieved with Rotherham.

Lee wants to show up well against the Wolves front pairing of Stephen Ward and Andy Keogh, who appear to have overtaken him in the eyes of the Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton.

“Both lads have done great, and good luck to them,” said Lee.

“Stephen and Andy will be looking for goals, but I aim to get back on target and give my international chances a boost.”

Town manager Jim Magilton has confirmed that he will play

two strikers tonight, and Lee said: “I am taking nothing for granted, but hope one of the places will be for me.

“I have received plenty of treatment the last fortnight and trained on Friday, Sunday and yesterday. My hamstring problem arose out of complications from last season's tear and it has improved considerably over the last fortnight.”

And to confirm there is no problem between him and Magilton left over from the ill-fated Amsterdam trip, Lee said: “I have never had a problem with Jim. Nobody was more pleased than me when he got the job.

“He shouts at me on the pitch sometimes, but I need that when I am not playing well.

“We want to all go forward together starting tonight, and talking to Ipswich fans I know they can see the potential we have in the side.”

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